Summer Reading & Kids Book Summaries

Summer Reading & Kids/YA Boook Summaries


As we turn the page from late summer to fall, kids may be scrambling to turn some pages too and complete their summer reading. At Scattered Books, we chose some of our favorite books that appear on many required or suggested summer reading lists for Briarcliff Manor, Chappaqua, Armonk and other schools in Westchester County NY and around the U.S. Here’s a quick summary of each summer reading book and a few questions for thought. Feel free to e-mail us with any questions at!  Order online and have them delivered to your door or pick up in store!


Elementary Level Reading
Matilda / Roald Dahl
Space Case / Stuart Gibbs
Hello Universe / Erin Entrada Kelly
Spy School / Stuart Biggs
Wishtree / Katherine Applegate
The Wild Robot / Peter Brown
The Losers Club / Andrew Clements
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Raymie Nightingale by Kate di Camillo


Middle School Level
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Trouble / Gary D. Schmidt
On The Come Up / Angie Thomas
Keeper of the Lost Cities / Shannon Messenger
The Name of This Book is A Secret / Pseudonymous Bosch
The Goose Girl / Shannon Hale
The School for Good and Evil / Soman Chainani
Scythe / Neal Shusterman
When you Reach Me / Rebecca Stead
Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
Anything but Typical book summary / Nora Raleigh Baskin
The War That Saved My Life / Kimberly Bradley
Among the Hidden / Margaret Peterson
The Misfits / James Howe
Fast Break / Mike Lupica
Between Shades of Grey / Ruta Sepetys
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


High School Reading Level
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Of Mice and Men / John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451
The Alchemist / Paulo Coehlo
Strange The Dreamer / Liani Taylor
The Raven Boys / Maggie Stiefvater
Looking for Alaska / John Green
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Good Girl’s Guide to Murder / Holly Jackson